Science & Engineering Practices

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Crosscutting Concepts

In this unit, students study Earth’s systems, analyzing the science phenomena of natural processes that shape Earth’s surface. In this lesson, students model the different ways that tectonic plates move to observe how landforms are created. This page showcases key aspects of this lesson.

In this unit, students explore the science phenomena of how energy is transferred in a circuit to do work. In this lesson, students figure out the phenomena affecting the left and right movement of an electric car. This page is a high-level extract of this lesson.

In this unit, students build on what they know about the science phenomena of energy transfer to focus on information transfer and how different technologies use patterns of sound, light, or numbers to transmit information. This page showcases key components of this lesson.

In this unit, students focus on the science phenomena of electric and magnetic forces. In this lesson, students build on their knowledge of forces by exploring electric forces. They analyze how materials can become either positively or negatively charged, and then use an electroscope to explore how opposite charges are pulled toward one another and like charges are pushed away from one another.

In this unit, students explore the science phenomenon of how materials can attract or repel other materials without touching them. In this lesson, they investigate how magnets can attract or repel certain objects within their magnetic field. This page highlights the key components of this lesson.

In this unit, students focus on the science phenomena of sound and hearing. Students begin with this lesson that has them exploring how sound causes matter to vibrate and how it moves differently through solids and liquids. This page highlights each component of this lesson.

In this unit, students analyze the science phenomenon of how sound is a form of energy that travels through vibrating molecules. They test whether sound travels through both liquid and solid mediums and observe how sound makes sand particles vibrate. In this lesson, students apply their scientific knowledge of sound to an engineering challenge.

In this unit, students focus on the science phenomenon of light energy, investigating how it travels in a straight line and interacts with matter. Students apply their knowledge to design a prototype with mirrors and water that creates rainbows. This page showcases each component of the lesson.

In this unit, students study the processes that shape Earth’s surface, focusing on the formation of minerals (such as diamonds) and rocks. In this lesson, they explore the phenomena exhibited in the properties of rocks and minerals to figure out how the properties of different minerals are a tool to identify them. This page is a high-level overview of this lesson.

In this unit, students analyze the science phenomena of the important role that oceans play in regulating Earth’s climate. In this lesson, they focus on how oceans interact with other Earth systems to distribute water and heat around the planet, resulting in various weather patterns, including hurricanes. This page highlights key components of this lesson.

In this unit, students continue to explore forces and energy, focusing on the science phenomenon of how electrical energy can be transferred from one place to another to do work. In this lesson, students build series and parallel circuits, measuring the amount of current that moves through each circuit with one and two light bulbs. This page highlights some components of that lesson.

In this unit, students explore the science phenomenon of electric currents and electrical energy. In this lesson, students figure out energy transfers, electricity, and circuits in the context of an electromagnetic motor system. This page showcases each key section of this lesson.

*Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By State*s. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Neither WestEd nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.

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